Update: Although the Daily Business Review reported the purchase price of the sale was $32 million, Richard
Shuckers Waterfront Grill, along with the hotel it calls home, has been sold.
Montreal-based North Bay Village Holdings LLC purchased both the Best Western on the Bay Inn & Marina and the restaurant, according to the Daily Business Review.
The 87,766-square-foot property, purchased from Inn on North Bay Ltd., features a 120-room hotel, marina, 310 feet of direct waterfront, and Shuckers, which seemed to be the main draw of the deal. A hotel representative confirmed the sale over the phone last evening.
If you're worried that your favorite place to grab chicken wings alfresco will shutter or, worse, turn into some global small-plates concept, take a chill pill.
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The realtor, who specializes in hotel properties, lives in Miami and knows Shuckers very well. "We don't have many places where you can just sit on the water. Plus, it's very accessible. You just drive up and park your car and have one of the best views in South Florida."
In June 2013, the waterfront restaurant made headlines when its deck collapsed while people were dining and watching a Miami Heat game. The scene turned chaotic when 100 people were sent tumbling into the water, followed by restaurant workers and patrons who jumped into the bay to rescue the frightened patrons. First responders were on the scene in minutes, and, in total, more than two dozen people were injured in the incident; 15 of them transported to local hospitals for treatment.It closed for more than a year while repairs were made.
In July 2014, Shuckers reopened with a face-lift and a state-of-the-art deck constructed of steel and heavy concrete beams reinforced with metal rods. (The old deck was made of wood.) When the restaurant reopened, much of the staff returned, along with the menu that features some of Miami's most beloved chicken wings and freshly shucked oysters.